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Cablegate: Spanish Foreign Minister Visits Kinshasa

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SUBJECT: Spanish Foreign Minister visits Kinshasa


1. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos signed a
bilateral cooperation agreement with the DRC January 28 during a
two-day visit to Kinshasa. He also pledged 20 million euros in aid
for 2008 to help improve basic social services and to strengthen
democratic institutions.

2. Moratinos met January 28 with President Kabila, Prime Minister
Gizenga, and Foreign Minister Mbusa. According to press reports, he
expressed Spain's desire to strengthen relations between the two
countries politically, economically and socially.

3. Foreign Minister Mbusa expressed the GDRC's regret to Moratinos
that an artillery shell hit the Spanish Embassy during fighting
between forces loyal to President Kabila and to Jean-Pierre Bemba
last March 22. Mbusa assured him that it was an accident and not
action against Spain. He promised to launch an investigation and to
punish those responsible.

4. Note: Press reports indicated that the aid pledge would be 20
million euros annually and that the Congolese government would
decide how the money was to be spent. In fact, the Spanish
Embassy's deputy chief of mission told us February 4 that her
government had pledged 20 million euros for 2008 only and that the
money would be distributed through NGOs and the UNDP. End note.

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